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The Kordofan Giraffe Project

The first census of giraffe in The Republic of Chad
Proud to be in partnership with Giraffe Conservation Foundation

 

Project Overview

There are thought to be less than 2000 Kordofan giraffe in the world, with few in captivity and ZNP is thought to be home to half the world's population. Due to humanitarian issues and conflict throughout central Africa, it hasn't been possible to confirm populations of Kordofan giraffe throughout central and west Africa, with just 48 known individuals in the DRC, unknown numbers, thought to be less then 5 individuals in the CAR, a handful in Cameroon and no more than 30 others in secluded areas in Chad. 

When this project started Kordofan giraffe had not been assess by the IUCN, and no long term research has ever occurred for this subspecies in Chad.


Just a few weeks after the project field work began, the IUCN reassessed the subspecies and listed them as Critically Endangered. Many people were saddened by this, and it is sad, but it is great to have what giraffe conservationists have known for years confirmed by such an influential board as IUCN. It opens up many more avenues for research and conservation funding and awareness, which is all good for the Kordofan giraffe. 

Aims

  • Establish a population count, by photo ID-ing each individual encountered and cross referencing with previously seen giraffe from ID books to establish whether the giraffe is new to the study, or previously seen. 

  • Ascertain a population structure, by identifying each giraffe's sex.

  • GPS satellite collar up to 25 giraffe to ascertain movements, habitat preferences and social and roaming behaviour. 

  • Identify the main predators and scavengers of giraffe in Zakouma, by assessing scar marks and carcasses. 

  • Camera traps will be set at carcass sites to monitor scavenging behaviour and decomposition, as well as live giraffe visits. This will shed light into the wildlife dependant upon giraffe as a food source, and the social impact of a death in the herd.   

  • To DNA test the giraffe to establish the health of the population, relatedness to other populations, and other subspecies. 

  • Monitor the population for signs of ill health such as giraffe skin and giraffe ear disease. 

How to Help! The entire project can be completed for £50,000. All money is for field costs, I personally fund all administrative costs...I am currently seeking funding for the second field season

Each field season in Chad costs approximately £10,000! 

That's £6000 for rental survey vehicle (ideally I would like to buy a vehicle for the second, third and fourth seasons as this would be more cost effective and more reliable, and will mean we have full access to a vehicle at all times, but will need funds of £30000) and £4000 for flights, food, fuel, accommodation, equipment and insurance. 

I appreciate any donations you wish to send. You can do that by bank transfer, or for large amounts, get in touch to donate through the project's partner The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, a registered NGO charity if you prefer.

The Kordofan Giraffe Project Bank details for donations: 

Sort Code: 11-02-50 

Account Number: 11691466

IBAN Number: GB52HLFX11025011691466

BIC number: HLFXGB21G63

Sponsors

The first field season was partly funded by the following; 

The Rufford Foundation 

Woburn Safari Park

Opticron

Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Woodtiger Fund

STILL SEEKING FUNDING FOR SECOND FIELD SEASON

The second field season is partly funded by the following; 

Woburn Safari Park

IDEA Wild

Giraffe Conservation Foundation

Woodtiger Fund 

Field Research Internship

The Kordofan Giraffe Project is seeking a field research intern for the second field season Jan - July 2020. 


Find out what the role entails by clicking here 

  • Can you speak, read and write French and English fluently? 

  • Have you graduated with a conservation or science based degree? 

  • Are you looking for a step into practical field conservation research?

  • Are you happy to work long hours, while living in a tent in Chad for 6 months?

  • Are you excited about the idea of living among all kinds of African wildlife and learning as much as you can from the experience? 

If you've answered yes to all these please click on the link here

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